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INA Secondary Newsletter

13 May 2016


Thank you to all students and staff who took part and supported the Penalty Shootout competition last Friday. It was a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon in the sunshine. Despite some excellent shots, no student was able to get all three goals past Mr Healey – so no prizes were won this time. However, Mr Dukes and Mr Deady were able to demonstrate their football prowess and beat the goalie! A total of £55 was raised and will go towards the cost of our summer production A big thank you to Tayyab Khan (7E) who did a great job coordinating the event and to the PE staff, especially Mr Healey for offering to help with the event . The Events Team

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Dear Parents and Carers

We have been busy analysing the parent questionnaires that were received at the end of last term. Many thanks to all of you who took the time to respond. There were a lot of positive comments made, including the following:

“I am extremely satisfied with my child’s continuous progress at INA.” “I am very happy that my child attends this school. My child is also very happy and proud to attend. We would recommend this school as outstanding.” “Great school. Keep up the hard work which you are doing with the students.” “This school is an excellent school and would surely recommend this to other families. I love how the school is organised and the staff members are very friendly. Keep up with the good work.” “The staff throughout are very welcoming and respond to requests for information re: my children’s learning/progress.” “My children have made enormous learning study & social skills progress at Isaac Newton.” “There is a good variety stimulating, enrichment subjects at Isaac Newton.” “The overall ethos of the school is excellent.” “The school is well managed.” “There is a lot of good learning. Children’s level are improving. Very nice teachers.” Some of the “even better ifs..” you raised concerned: · the wise pay system · strict school rules · the amount of IL · communication systems · the behaviour of a few students The Senior Team and I are considering all the feedback carefully and discussing ways in which we can respond to your issues and suggestions. By far the most common issue that was raised was school meals and our dining arrangements. We are planning to hold an open meeting for any parents who would like to attend to meet with myself and Mrs Chamberlain, Finance and Resources Director, to air concerns and plan improvements . This will be on Monday 6th June at 6.30pm Once again, thanks to everyone who gave us feedback. We are totally committed to being a self-reflective school and striving to constantly improve. With all best wishes,

Rachel Macfarlane

RP

achel Macfarlane, rincipal INA Newsletter 3


Year 10 Controlled Assessments Message for Parents Throughout the two year French GCSE course our students undertake three Writing and three Speaking Controlled Assessments. Our students have so far done one Speaking and one Writing Controlled Assessment however they still have to prepare for one more Speaking and one more Writing Controlled Assessment before the end of this year. It is crucial that our students take advantage of all the support and help they are being offered and attend all lessons and preparation sessions. These exams are not a practice run. They are their actual GCSE exams and must be taken with the seriousness they deserve. Their Speaking exams will take place on Friday 20th May, Monday 23rd May or Tuesday 24th May depending on their group (please check their organiser later on this week for the exact date and time) . Attendance is compulsory so we expect 100% attendance. We appreciate your support in making sure that you child turns up on time to their exam.

Monday 6th June is an Independent Learning Day On this day the students will arrive to school at the usual time but will be dismissed early. In the first part of the morning each year group will be escorted into the exam hall to be talked through our exam expectations and rules. With their tutor and cotutor they will complete their end of year reports. Once these tasks have been achieved, students will be dismissed. The earliest this could happen is following the exam venue training as outlined below. The purpose of the shorter school day on 6th June is to support the students in independently preparing to be ready for the exam fortnight. Once dismissed, students should go straight home to revise and prepare. Their teachers will have supported students with this process in the preceding lessons. If the early dismissal will present you with any problems, please contact us to discuss arrangements to supervise your child’s study at school. You should contact Mr Crowther-Green by Friday 6th May. Exam Venue Training Schedule and earliest possible dismissal time Y10 Y9 Y8 Y7

9:30-9:50am 9:50- 10:10am 10:10-10:30am 10:30-10:50am

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A huge congratulations to Aliya Vahora who found out last week that she will be spending her summer volunteering in India as part of the Virgin Atlantic Be the Change initiative. Aliya was chosen as one of only thirty students from across the UK who will get this amazing opportunity due to her ever growing repertoire of contributions to the wider Redbridge community, which includes volunteering at a local hospice in her spare time and her involvement with the local council. As part of the trip, Aliya will be helping to build a school in a rural Indian village as well as taking part in some exciting workshops which will help her to develop her understanding of wider global issues. We wish her the best of luck with the trip and look forward to hearing all about it in September.

ENRICHMENT Musa Bukhari won a Bronze medal at the London Area Development this weekend and has now been entered into the London Youth Games for judo that will be held on the 18th June. Musa attends the school’s enrichment programme and stays for a second session of judo on Tuesdays. He is keen and has been making excellent progress. Displaying patience resilience and risktaking are only a few of the BRIDGES characteristics that Musa practise during each judo session.

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End of Year Exams 2016 The End of year exams are from 7th June till 21st June (Note: due to Work Experience Y10 exams are from 7th June till 17th June). Exams will occur in the main exam hall. Students will practise entry and exit to this venue on the morning of Mon 6th June. Students will follow their normal timetable if not scheduled for an exam. Students are required to bring their learning equipment in a see - through case. Water is permitted in the Exam hall Y10 Art Exams occur outside of the main exam timetable as detailed below: Monday 27th June from 08:25-16:00: 10 Bacon Tuesday 28th June from 08:25-16:00: 10 O’Keeffe Students should prepare for the exam by designing and following a revision timetable, addressing any areas of weakness and by completing past paper questions. Mr Crowther-Green

EOY Exam Timetable June 2016 Times unless stated Mon 6th June AM Year P1 Exam practice 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10

Tue 7th June 8, 9 Y8 Spanish (1h) (120 students) Y8 French (1h) (60 students) Y9 Science (90) 11:10 start

Wed 8th June 10, 8 Y10 Maths 1 (90) 1:50 start

P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50 P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

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Fri 10th June 10, 7 8:50 start Y10 English Lit (1:45h)

Y8 History (50)

Thu 9th June 10, 9 8:35 start Y10 Science Double Bio (60) Y10 Science Triple Bio (60) (97 Students) Y9 Music (45)

Y9 Science (90)

Y8 Geography (50)

Y9 RE (50)

7 History (50)

10 Y10 French (45) (60 students)

10 Y10 English lang (2h) 4:05 finish

10 Y10 Spanish 1 (50) 60 students

Y10 French (45) (60 students)

Y10 English lang (2h)

10 Y10 PE (69 students) (100mins) 1:50 start Y10 PE (69 students) (100mins)

Y10 Maths 1 (90)

Y10 English Lit (1:45h)

7 Geography (50)

Y10 Spanish 2 (50) 60 students


Times unless stated AM Year P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10 P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50 P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Mon 13th June

Tue 14th June

Wed 15th June

Thu 16th June

Fri 17th June

10, 7 Y10 Science Double Chem (60) Y10 Science Triple Chem (60) (97 Students) Y7 DT (50)

10, 8 Y10 History (1h 45)

10, 9 Y10 RE (2h)

7, 9 Y7 French (1h)

Y10 History (1h 45)

Y10 RE (2h)

Y8 Music (45)

Y9 DT (50 mins)

10, 9 Y10 Science Double Phy (60) Y10 Science Triple Phy (60) (97 Students) 11:10 start Y9 Maths (90)

Y7 RE (50)

Y8 English tempest (1h)

Normal lesson

10 Y10 Geography (1h 45)

10 Y10 Maths 2 (90)

Y10 Geography (1h 45)

Y10 Maths 2 (90)

10 10 Y10 Maths 3 (90) Y10 Music (50) 39 students Y10 Maths 3 (90) Y10 Drama (50) 46 students

Times unless stated AM Year P1 8:35 for 8:40 start Finish 9:40 P2 9:45 start Released at 10:50 P3 11:05 for 11:10 start Finish 12:10 P4 12:05 start (varied finish time) PM Year P5 1:45 for 1:50 start Finish 2:50

Mon 20th June 9, 8 Y9 French (1 Hr) (90 students) Y9 Spanish (1Hr) (90 students) Y8 Maths (90) 11:10 start Y8 Maths (90)

Tue 21st June 7, 9 Y7 Science (65)

8 Y8 DT (50) 1:50 start

7 Y7 English (1h 15) Framed

P6 2:55 start Released 4:00

Y8 RE (50)

Y7 English (1h 15) Framed 3:10 finish

Y9 Maths (90)

Y7 Spanish) (1h) 11:10 start Y9 English Of Mice and Men (1.15) Y9 English Of Mice and Men (1.15) Y9 Early lunch 10 Y10 DT (90) 1:50 start Y10 DT (90)

Y7 Music (50) Y9 Geography (50)

Y9 History (50)

Exams in classrooms – Y7 Maths, Y8 Science INA Newsletter 7


Y7 NEWT students visit Oxford University

On Thursday 5TH May the NEWT half of Y7 visited Oxford University. The year half was split and visited St Catherine’s College, Wadham College and St Hugh’s College Oxford. At the individual colleges students heard more about university, courses available and then went on a tour of the college. Students were able to ask the undergraduates questions about what life at university was really like!

At St Hugh’s students were advised that the preparation to university starts early. Students should watch documentaries, read books on topics they are interested in and form their own opinions and arguments. The group then had the opportunity to attend a Physics lecture in the afternoon. This was an exciting heart-racing presentation where the practical uses of liquid nitrogen was brought to life.

A huge thank you to our hosts for a fantastic day! Ms Alibhai Assistant Principal

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The Final Results 2016 ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016

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ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016

•  Turnout –  50.5%  (Total  votes  cast  364)   •  Spoilt  ballots  –  0.5%    

ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016 The results  are  as  follows:   •  Liberal  Democrats  -­‐    Caroline  Pidgeon  -­‐  4.9%   •  UKIP  –  Peter  WhiDle  -­‐  7.4%   •  Green  –  Sian  Berry  -­‐  8.2%   •  ConservaMves  –  Zac  Goldsmith-­‐  12.3%   •  Labour  –  Sadiq  Khan  -­‐  66.4%    

ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016 •  For the  London  Mayor  elec0on  a  different  vo0ng  system  was   used.  Voters  were  asked  to  pick  a  first  choice  and  a  second   choice.  If  the  votes  in  round  one  did  not  produce  a  winner   with  50%,  it  would  then  go  to  a  second  round  when  the   second  choices  were  counted.  

How does  this  compare  with  the  final   results  across  London?   INA  

London 1st  round  

2nd round  

Turnout

50.5%

45.3%

45.3%

Candidate

INA

London

London

Liberal Democrats  -­‐    Caroline   Pidgeon    

4.9%  

4.6%

-­‐

UKIP –  Peter  WhiNle    

7.4%  

3.6%

-­‐

Green –  Sian  Berry    

8.2%  

5.8%

-­‐

ConservaVves –  Zac  Goldsmith  

12.3%  

35.0%

34.5%  

Labour –  Sadiq  Khan    

66.4%  

44.2%

65.5%  

The winner   With  65.5%  of  the  overall  vote,  Sadiq  Khan  was  voted  in  as  the  Mayor  of   London.     He  received  a  total  of  1,310,143  which  is  the  largest  ever  amount  of  votes   for  any  poliGcian  in  BriGsh  history.  

ISAAC NEWTON ACADEMY MOCK MAYOR OF LONDON ELECTION 2016 Thank you  for  vo-ng  and  ge1ng  involved   in  the  poli-cal  debate!  

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From the Guardian Newspaper: The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively Ditch the highlighter and teach a friend. Psychology shows us a lot about how to improve our memory and avoid distractions – here are some dos and don’ts Highlighting might not be as helpful as you think. It isolates information whereas pupils recall more if they can link what they learn with other pieces of information. Photograph: Alamy

The weeks and months leading up to exams can be challenging for students (and parents and teachers alike). Now more than ever, young people seem to be feeling the pressure. So how can students revise better? Which techniques really work, and which don’t? What can students do to improve their memory, mood and concentration?

Before you do any revision 1. Eat breakfast It is estimated that around 27% of boys and 39% of girls skip breakfast some or all of the time. It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing: research has found that skipping this meal significantly reduces students’ attention and their ability to recall information. Simply having a bowl of cereal will give students the concentration and memory boost they need. Evidence suggests students who study in a quiet environment recall more than those who revise while listening to music 2. Put your phone away This should be an obvious one, but for many it isn’t. Phones can be distracting; they are linked to fomo (fear of missing out), and evidence shows that undergraduate students who spend more time texting and using social media get lower grades. In another fascinating study, researchers found that the mere sight of a phone was enough to reduce a person’s ability to focus. The implication couldn’t be clearer: out of sight really is out of mind. During revision sessions 3. Start early and spread it out Actors don’t leave their rehearsals until the day before opening night. Athletes don’t only train the day before a match. To commit something to memory takes time. Spreading out your revision sessions on a particular topic (eg one-hour sessions over 10 days) is more effective than spending the same amount of time in one go (ie 10 hours in one day). This effect, known as “spacing”, helps because it allows time in between revision sessions to forget and re-learn the material. This strategy has been labelled as “one of the most robust across the entire history of experimental research on learning and memory” (pdf). 10  INA Newsletter


4. Test yourself Leading researchers in the field of memory consider testing yourself as one of the most effective ways to improve your ability to recall information (pdf). Testing yourself also helps you check for any gaps in your knowledge. Practice papers provide a good starting point, as well as quizzing yourself at the end of your revision session. 5. Teach someone After you have tested yourself, teach the material to someone else. This has been found to help aid memory and recall: it is known as “the Protégé Effect”. Teaching someone else requires you to learn and organise your knowledge in a clear and structured manner. 6. Think twice about using highlighters Despite being the favourite weapon of many students tackling revision, research suggests they don’t work very well. People learn and recall information better if they connect it to other pieces of information. Highlighters don’t do this, they isolate single pieces of information. Quite often, students end up highlighting whole chunks and passages of text, which can give the appearance of having worked hard, but is of little value. 7. Don’t listen to music Parents around the world rejoice: you now have a legitimate reason to insist that your child stops listening to Justin Bieber on repeat. Students who study in a quiet environment can recall more than those who revise while listening to music. Extroverts, and those with an exceptional ability to control their attention, are not negatively affected as much: but it doesn’t help. At best, for these students, it just doesn’t hinder them as much as everyone else. 8. Get some fresh air and exercise You cannot work all day, every day. Nor should you. Revision has to be about quality, as well as quantity. Going outside and getting some fresh air helps people feel refreshed and better able to focus afterwards. Furthermore, doing a little bit of exercise helps people deal better with stressful situations: it reduces anxiety and increases self-esteem. Practice makes perfect: why mock exams are great for students’ brains

9. Sleep Students are encouraged to work hard and revise a lot before their exams: however, there comes a time when they need to stop and go to sleep. Knowing when can be tricky. There is a link between being a perfectionist and struggling to sleep. If a child is falling asleep within five minutes of their head hitting the pillow, they should probably be going to bed earlier. Other sleep tips include having regular bedtimes, not being on your mobile phone in bed, but if you are, turning down the backlight on it. As research into psychology continues to develop, we learn more and more about how best to help students learn. Revision time can be challenging as it often requires students to monitor their own behaviour when working independently at home. Hopefully, by teaching them about what helps improve their memory, mood and concentration, we can better equip them to meet the challenges head on. INA Newsletter 11


PE AT ISAAC NEWTON ACAD News & Results Year 7 2nd Football team Vs Woodbridge - a first appearance for the Isaac Newton Academy 2nd team and one that finished with high hopes. After starting very slowly and conceding an early goal, INA started to work as a team to create chances. Great character was being shown in the first half to try and get the score level. Unfortunately Woodbridge caught INA on the counter attack, ending the first half 2 nil to Woodbridge. In the second half the INA team showed immense determination and perseverance in search of a goal to claw them back into the game. Hammad Khan was our goal scorer and lifted the spirits of the team greatly. Unfortunately, in search of an equaliser we were hit on the counter attack twice, with the score being 4-1. Great performance from all involved at INA!

Year 8 Cricket team Vs Wanstead The INA Year 8 Cricket team had their first game of the season, hosted by Wanstead. Due to the weather, the game was played indoors but that didn’t spoil the intensity. INA fielded first and showed great communication and leadership skills when organising their position. INA had a big target to hit whilst batting which unbelievably went down to the final ball of the over. INA won by 2 runs in a very intense fixture. Stand out performer goes to Qasim Nawaz (8I) both on the pitch and in his leadership skill setting up the positions for the team.

Fixtures coming up….. Tuesday 17th May-Primary Multi Skills event Thursday 19th May- Year 10 2nd Football team vs Loxford (Away) Year 7 Cross Country Event- Wanstead Park- 2pm Start

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DEMY After school DAY CLUB

TEACHER VENUE

Mon

Handball

DB

Sports Hall

Girls Can

EH

Astro

Boxing

Activity Studio Sports Hall

Lunch time Day

1st Lunch 2nd Lunch (Year 10) (year 7,8 &9)

Mon

Badminton Badminton Boys and (Year 7, 8 & Girls 9) Boys and Girls Girls Can! (Year 7,8 & 9 Girls) Basketball Basketball club Boys (Year 8 & and Girls 9) Boys & Girls Handball (Year 7, 8 & 9) Boys and Girls Basketball (Year 7) Girls and Boys

Tues

Judo Club

External provider External

Wed

Yr 8 S+C

BH

Sports Hall

Yr 10 Football Table Tennis

AT

Astro

GA

Tues

Resistance Sliding Table Tennis

External provider CD

Activity Studio Ks3 Hall

Wed

Softball

LAJ

Activity Studio Astro

Zumba

External KS3 Hall provider External Sports Hall provider EC, DH, BB MUGA

Thur

Fri

Badminton club Bike Club

Girls running RM club

Thur

South Park

Fri

Improve your skills! Try something new! Keep fit! Make new friends! Unleash your energy! Increase your chances of getting into a team! INA Newsletter 13


Well done to the following students who are this week’s Mathematicians of the Moment. Please collect a merit from Mr Dukes

This week’s Mathematicians of the Moment Harkirat Singh  (7I)  

Daveena Morrison-­‐Williams  (7C)    

Mya Sehmi  (8E)    

Sanaan Hafeez  (8I)  

Rahul Kalra  (8S)    

Serina Singh  (9N)    

Here are the scores so far

7I

240

8I

340

9I

7S

120

8S

310

9S

7A

130

8A

660

9A

7C

200

8C

30

9C

7N

540

8N

330

9N

1760

7E

290

8E

520

9E

320

7W

450

8W

9W

540

8T

9T

2240

7T

1230

Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) no later than 4.10pm on Thursday.

Each Form  will  get  10  points  for  a  correct   solu7on  with  clear  explana7ons.     Write  your  solu,on  here.       You  must  include  your   workings  out     with  a  clear  explana,on   showing  how  you  got  your   answer.    

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The ‘Mathematician of the Moment’ will be awarded a certificate in assembly and will appear in the INA newsletter.


The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Look out for the new problem next term.

YEAR 7 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 8 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!

YEAR 9 - PROBLEM OF THE WEEK Monday 16th June to Thursday 26th May

This is a famous puzzle based on the show "Let's make a deal". The host, Monty Hall, offers you a choice of three doors. Behind one is a sports car, but behind the other two are goats. After you have chosen one door, he reveals one of the other two doors behind which is a goat (he wouldn't reveal a car). Now he gives you the chance to switch to the other unrevealed door or stay at your initial choice. You will then get what is behind that door. You cannot hear the goats from behind the doors, or in any way know which door has the prize. Should you stay, or switch, or doesn't it matter? Answers on a postcard to be handed to Mr Dukes (G42) by Thursday 4.10pm latest!      

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Motivation and Laura Dekker is the youngest sailor ever who sailed solo around the globe. At the age of 14, the Dutch teenager (who was born in New Zealand) set off on her solo voyage around the world, completing her trip after one year and one day. Laura had originally hoped to begin her journey when she was just 13 years old, but the Dutch authorities raised legal objections to someone so young taking such a dangerous voyage by themselves. Laura was so motivated to achieve her dream that she went through various legal battles to ensure she would be allowed to pursue her goal, eventually setting off in January 2011. Whilst sailing around the world, Laura had to be incredibly independent, only getting outside help when really necessary and, for the most part, managing herself and her boat, Guppy, completely alone. Laura had to be determined, self-regulating and incredibly motivated in order to keep going for a whole year by herself to achieve her life’s ambition.

TOP TIPS STUDENTS Adhere to your revision timetable without the need for reminders. Give yourself plenty of time to work and think independently to increase your chances of deep learning. Set some long-term goals for yourself. What would you like to have achieved by the time you go to university? Use these goals to help motivate you to become who you would like to be. Prepare your own meals, make your own bed, clean your own clothes – show that you can care for yourself independently.Plan an outing on your own (with your parent’s permission) and demonstrate your independence. Decide who motivates you and think about/listen to them when you need to raise your levels of motivation.

PARENTS Encourage your son/daughter to set goals that will motivate them to succeed. Talk to your son/daughter about the things that motivate and inspire you. Allow your son/daughter the independence to make decisions for themselves when appropriate. 16  INA Newsletter

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d Independence

O HAS SHOWN MOTIVATION AND INDEPENDENCE AT INA? Maryam Mohammed in Year 10 has shown the independence and motivation to pursue a range of challenging activities outside of school. Maryam is a member of her local scouts group, through which she is participating in the Young Leaders’ programme and has completed, among other things, training in First Aid. She is also working for a Duke of Edinburgh award. As part of the DoE award at Bronze level, she underwent the greatest challenge of her life when she went hiking with other boys and girls from two separate scouts groups in Waltham Abbey. She had to stay outdoors overnight and walk 25km with a massive 10kg rucksack on her back.

Motivation and Independence Inspiring yourself to make progress and achieve your goals. Having the drive and enthusiasm to pursue something. Being able to live your life without being helped or influenced by other people. Making your own decisions about the actions you need to take to achieve your goals. Having confidence in your own views and actions.

BEHAVIOURS Making your own choices and taking responsibility for your actions, being enthusiastic, determined and pushing yourself further, being able to stimulate your own interests, planning your own revision timetable, reflecting on your BRIDGES progress in preparation for your BRIDGES mentoring session. Not being swayed by ‘the crowd’. INA Newsletter 17


BRIDGES we build learning power and developcharacter characteratatIsaac Isaac Newton Newton Academy HowHow we build learning power and develop Academy “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are

The secondary BRIDGES programme commences on Monday 14th September. BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a student's character and learning power habits ofenable mind them or learning thatindividuals develop a student's character and to growcharacteristics into well rounded and resilient learners.and learning power and enable them to grow into well rounded individuals and resilient learners.

On a two weekly cycle throughout the year, Year 7 and 8 students are introduced to one or two of cycle mind throughout or learning characteristics will8permeate the curriculum. On anew twohabits weekly the year, Yearthat 7 and students throughout are introduced to one or two This will take place through a range of interactive activities. In addition, the students will new habits of mind or learning characteristics that will permeate throughout the curriculum. This experience BRIDGES learning objectives in each and every lesson throughout Isaac Newton will take place Year through a range lessons of interactive activities. In addition, theBRIDGES students will experience Academy. 9 BRIDGES will focus on strengthening certain learning BRIDGES learningthrough objectives in each of and every lesson characteristics exploration PHSE topics andthroughout themes. Isaac Newton Academy.

Year 9 BRIDGES lessons will focus on strengthening certain BRIDGES learning characteristics Eachexploration fortnight you findtopics top tips in themes. the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to through ofwill PHSE and develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

Each fortnight you will find top tips in the newsletter of ways of supporting your child to develop the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics within the home.

ATTENDANCE Regular attendance is a 7I crucial factor in students’ educational development 7N and ability to achieve their 7S full potential. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. We know that attendance has a direct link to progress, and would urge you to really consider if a day off school is necessary.

100

8A

100

9I

98.8

Tutor

Week

98.3

8C

98.1

9A

95.5

10C

98.9

97.5

8S

98.1

9E

95.3

10E

98.9

7C

96.3

8I

97.4

9S

94

10N

98.4

7A

95.3

8W

97.3

9W

93.8

10S

98.4

7T

95.1

8E

96.7

9T

93.5

10A

97.8

7E

93.7

8N

95.3

9C

93.2

10W

97.3

7W

92.6

8T

91.8

9N

92.3

10T

92

Well done to 7I and 8A for 100% last week!

Ms. Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader

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Year 8 97% Year 10 96.5%

Year 7 96.4%


BRIDGES Mentoring Wednesday 18th May The first BRIDGES mentoring session takes place on Wednesday 18th May from 1:45-4:15pm. All students will be given a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. This is an important opportunity for KS3 students to reflect on how they have developed or strengthened their BRIDGES dispositions, to discuss the dispositions they consider to be their strengths and the ones they need to work on further. Year 10 students will be engaging in a mock interview focusing on their preparedness for the Year 10 exams and work experience, and how they are further strengthening their BRIDGES dispositions to achieve success at GCSE and beyond. Arrangements All students will complete lessons p1 – 4 (Y10 students will complete lesson 4 as per KS3 timings). Students will leave school at 1.10pm. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals who request lunch in advance (via form tutors) can collect a lunch bag from the student reception as they leave. Students are expected to go directly home and return between 1.45-4.15pm for a fifteen minute 1:1 coaching session with their BRIDGES mentor. Appointment times will be issued to students at the start of next week. Students must attend their session on time. KS3 students must wear full school uniform. KS4 students may wear either school uniform or professional work wear (no jeans, hoodies, trainers, jewellery). We are unable to supervise other students as all staff are BRIDGES mentors and will be engaged in mentoring session throughout the afternoon. Parents are not required at the sessions but will be given feedback on how their son or daughter’s BRIDGES skills are progressing later in the year. Please note that enrichment will be cancelled on this day. Jo Spencer Vice Principal

Year 10 Work Experience Evening Thank you to parents and students that attended the work experience information evening on 11 May. For those parents that were not able to attend and those that did but need to refer back to what was discussed, the slides for the event have been uploaded to the school’s website. This can be found by clicking on Secondary and Work Experience. Thank you, Mark Crowther-Green Assistant Principal INA Newsletter 19


Praise & Recognition

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Merits

Year 7

T C S N W E I A

1397 1311 1096 1083 951 821 757 648

Year 8 W N C E S I A T

1293 1163 1151 1075 1049 962 968 882

Year 9 T E N W S C A I

1220 800 567 549 461 438 352 297

Year 10 W E N S I T C A

489 357

315 297 283 279

231 207

Ahmed Al-Khafaji Award (Peer Commendation Award) Ahmed was well known for being kind, for helping others and for being extremely polite. He was also someone known for his hard work and absorption; the idea, therefore, is that the winner should be someone who has encapsulated one of these qualities last week.

Year 7: Rabbi Hussain 7W Year 8: T.B.C. Year 9: Jasmin Johnson 9A Year 10: Keanna Bhalla, 10W.

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Gabriel Ayerh Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition


Y10 talk by KSA 6th Form Students On Tuesday 3rd May we welcomed Jamil and Seema; Head Boy and Head Girl from KSA. KSA is school in the Ark Schools Network which, like INA, is a brand new all-through school. During the talk, Jamil and Seema spoke to our Y10 students about what life is like in 6th form, how to get ready for performing well in your GCSEs and why they chose to stay at KSA. They also shed light on some of the opportunities that are available through being part of the ARK Schools Network. Our Y10 students relished the opportunity to speak to 6th form students and asked many questions. A huge thank you to Jamil and Seema for making the journey from Westminster to visit us! Ms Alibhai Assistant Principal

Good Deed Feed Miss Hutson: Aasiya Jilani 8I – volunteered to help Miss Hutson with some IT issues on fronter in her own time which was MUCH appreciated – Thanks Aasiya! Miss Curley: I would like to nominate Esher Bahara 9S for the good deed of the week. Harry collapsed in my lesson and Esher was really sensible and ran next door to alert Mr Taylor to help. He then ran down to the KS3 reception to get the first aider.I was busy with Harry (had to put him in the recovery position) so I couldn’t have coped without him. A special mention to all of 9 Chaucer for showing empathy in this situation and Gyane Sanderson 9A for also running to get help. Miss Lapish: Rayyan Mehmood in 7C gave up two of his evening after school to photograph and film some football fixtures as part of the Girls Can Year 7 mixed football tournament, of which the footage will be used in the year 7 student council assembly.Thanks Rayyan Mr Butler-Zanetti: Thomas Cater very kindly donated his complete Skulduggery Pleasant series of books to the library. Gabriel Ayerh Year 9 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition

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Dear Parent/Carer On Wednesday the 25th May all year 10 students will sit the first science controlled assessment task. This piece of controlled assessment represents 25% of their additional science GCSE (for those doing double science) or 25% of their chemistry GCSE (for those doing triple Science). Double science students will do one more piece of Controlled assessment in year 11 whilst triple science students will do two further pieces. In order to give our students the best possible chance of success in their first piece of controlled assessment, we have arranged for all year 10 students to be off-timetable all day to complete this very important component of their Science GCSE course. Throughout lessons 1 to 4, each class will be guided and advised by a member of the science department through the task. During periods 5 & 6, students will sit a 90 minute written paper in exam conditions to complete the controlled assessment task. Break and lunch times will be as normal and students will be finished at the end of the normal school day. Students will not need their normal books for the day but should bring a transparent pencil case containing at least two black pens, a pencil, sharpener, eraser and ruler. A scientific calculator will also be required. It is imperative we have 100% attendance on this day as any student who is absent will not have the same access to support and guidance as the other students in completing this aspect of the course and will be required to attend six hours’ worth of sessions after school to complete their controlled assessment. Only the gravest of emergencies will be tolerated for absence or lateness on this day. Any appointments or commitments, medical or otherwise should be rearranged for an alternative day. Failure to attend this day will significantly impact the performance of any student in obtaining the best GCSE result possible. A well-completed controlled assessment is often worth a full grade in the final GCSE score obtained by the student. I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is that your child attends this day of school. The science department is committed to ensuring every student achieves the maximum grade possible in this component of their GCSE qualification and we really appreciate your support in this endeavour. If you have any questions about this portion of your child’s GCSE qualification do not hesitate to contact me at info@isaacnewtonacademy.org or on the school number 0208 911 6666. Yours sincerely A.Clift-Matthews A.Clift-Matthews Head of Science

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Key Dates for the Summer Term 2015: Secondary Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June, Friday 8th July Wednesday 18th May Thursday 19th May Friday 20th May Monday 23rd May Wednesday 25th May Wednesday 25th May Friday 27th May Friday 27th May Monday 6th June

BRIDGES mentoring. No lessons in the afternoon Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 10 Geography fieldwork at Stratford Year 7s to Rochester Year 10 Science controlled assessments New Year 6 Parents’ Information Evening Music Recital Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Wales Early close for Year 7-10 Independent Study/Revision

Tuesday 7th - Friday 17th June Monday 20th –Friday 24th June Wednesday 22nd June Thurs 23rd & Friday 24th June Mon 27th & Tuesday 28th June Thursday 30th June Friday 1st July Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th July Wednesday 6th July Friday 8th July Wed 13th & Thursday 14th July Monday 18th July Tuesday 19th July 20th July

Year 7-10 EXAMS Year 10 Work Experience Bug Man visit to year 7 INSET Days: no school for students Year 10 Art exams Year 6 Transition Day Non Uniform Day Year 7 English Trip Sports Awards INSET Days: no school for students School Production Secondary Sports Day KS3 Graduation Awards Assemblies. End of Term. Early close.

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